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April 26, 2024

TGIF! It's Laura. Grab your tin hats, we've got some Taylor Swift conspiracy theories coming up.

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Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 931 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🎀 Festival performance times released

Left to right: Noah Kahan, Stevie Nicks and Post Malone. Photos: Kevin Mazur, Jeff Kravitz and Robert Cianflone via Getty Images

Lovin' Life Music Fest organizers released the dates, times and stages of performing artists for the inaugural Uptown festival on May 3-5.

Why it matters: The festival will showcase several bucket list performances across three stages. Plan ahead so you don't miss any.

The intrigue: Although Lovin' Life reps initially told us there wouldn't be any overlap between artists, the schedule shows otherwise.

  • Mt. Joy's performance on the main stage (7:45-8:45pm) will overlap with The Avett Brothers at the Northwood Ravin stage (6:45-8:15pm), for example.
  • When fans protested in the Instagram comments section, festival organizers replied: "The Avett Brothers love their hometown and want to play a longer set."

Festival highlights

2. πŸ” whaT Are You Looking fOR

The Eras Tour would've been fun to see in person...too bad Tay snubbed North Carolina. Photo: David GrayAFP via Getty Images

Taylor Swift fans have convinced themselves that the megastar is sending coded messages about a surprise appearance at the Lovin' Life Music Fest in Charlotte.

Why it matters: While very unlikely, it would be wild if true.

Context: Swift has long used riddles and clues to create a buzz and get fans excited about album releases and other big news, as Axios Chicago's Justin Kaufman pointed out recently.

The intrigue: Swifty sleuths on TikTok think she's performing with Post Malone on Friday, May 3, for several reasons.

  • Post Malone sings alongside Swift in "Fortnight," on her new album "The Tortured Poets Department."
  • May 3 is exactly 14 days (a fortnight) from when it was released on April 19.

My thought bubble: I wouldn't last an hour in the asylum where they raised Taylor Swift fans.

Read what festival organizers are saying

3. 🏈 Drake Maye's massive night

Drake Maye (left) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Drake Maye was selected by the New England Patriots third overall in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.

Why it matters: The Myers Park High alum and former North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback is one of the biggest sports stars to come out of Charlotte since Steph Curry.

What he's saying: "I'm ready to get to New England," Maye said on NFL Network after being drafted. "Let's have a blast. We're gonna win a lot of games."

Maye was accompanied by his three older brothers at the draft. As the youngest, he says he was always getting picked on by them. But he kept his head down and kept working, he said on NFL Network after being drafted.

  • "Those are three of my best friends," Maye said.
Maye brothers
The Maye brothers, from left to right: Luke Maye, Drake Maye, Beau Maye and Cole Maye. Luke and Beau played basketball at North Carolina. Cole played baseball at Florida. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

4. Speed reads: Fridays at Camp North End

Photo: Courtesy of Loyd Visuals

πŸŽ‰ Starting today, Camp North End will host weekly festivities every Friday through November. Expect live music, food, drink and other fun events. (Camp North End)

πŸ€ The Charlotte 49ers have a new head women's basketball coach: Tomekia Reed. (Axios)

🐻 Wildlife experts say the bear cub that was taken out of a tree in Asheville was transported to a rehab facility in western N.C. and is doing well. (Fox Carolina)

🚲 A local mom recovered her kids' stolen dirt bikes by tracking them with AirTags. (WSOC)

⚾️ Luke Little, an East Meck grad and pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, had to change his glove during a game because it had an American flag patch on it. The team's manager explained that the white on the flag could be a distraction to hitters. (AP)

πŸš— A car dealership in Rock Hill is facing a near-total loss of its inventory after a recent hail storm damaged its lot. (WBTV)

πŸ–Ό This weekend the Mint Museum Randolph is showcasing its new exhibit "Objects of Affection and Shinichi Sawada: Agents of Clay." There'll be 150 wearable works of art created from recycled, repurposed and found materials in the exhibition, per the museum.

πŸ’• Babe Cave, a cocktail bar for women previously located in west Charlotte, reopens tomorrow in LoSo. (Axios)

πŸ™ Check out this luxury Charlotte condo that just hit the market for nearly $5M. (Axios)

πŸ— Summerbird in South End closed permanently yesterday. (Instagram)

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5. 🏘 Hot homes for sale

Photo: Courtesy of listing agent Daina Brundrett with Helen Adams Realty

This renovated home in NoDa is within walking distance to popular neighborhood restaurants and coffee shops.

Zoom in: At 1,628 square feet, it has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

  • Notable features include its front porch, open floor plan, arched walkway, fireplace, stainless steel appliances, large closets, fenced-in backyard, patio and pergola.
  • The home is listed for $675K.

More hot homes: 6 houses for sale in Charlotte ranging from $325K to $1M

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6. πŸ• Firefly lottery opens today

A stacked image of the Photinus carolinus in the Smoky Mountains. Photo: Peleg Lab at CU Boulder

Each year, the National Park Service gives people an opportunity to immerse themselves in the glow of thousands of fireflies.

  • The lottery to attend the annual event opens today at 10am.

Why it matters: Hundreds of people annually visit Tennessee's Elkmont Campground at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (about five hours from Charlotte) to watch fireflies illuminate the night in search of mates for roughly two weeks each spring.

How it works: The synchronous firefly viewing at Elkmont will take place June 3-10.

  • NPS uses a randomized computer drawing system for reservations to reduce park traffic that would disturb the fireflies.
  • 1,120 vehicle reservations, 140 per night, will be issued through the lottery.

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Things to do

πŸ“† Upcoming events around the city.

  • Charlotte Checkers Playoff Games at Bojangles Coliseum April 25, 27 and 28: Playoff hockey returns to Charlotte. The Checkers are hosting the First Round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. $25+.
  • International Circus & Dance Celebration at Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center tomorrow: Join for a celebration of dance and circus from around the globe. Festivities include performances, dance and circus arts workshops, food and activities. $0-$15.
  • Live Grilling Event at VIRIDIEN Patio + Fireplace tomorrow: Discover how they install custom grill islands and dream outdoor kitchens in just one day. Smokemaster, Ernie Adler, will give a live grilling demo. Complimentary drinks and bites off the grill!
  • Hope Floats Duck Race at the Whitewater Center on Sunday: This family-friendly event features the splashing of 50,000+ ducks you can adopt to support KinderMourn, an organization that provides counseling services to bereaved parents and grieving children.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center April 30-May 5: Everyone's favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Charlotte. Rob McClure will reprise his Tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside his co-star (and real wife). $30+.
  • Wednesday Night Live: AdornMINT Opening Reception and Vendor Village at The Mint Museum Uptown on May 1: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and The Mint Museum with Davita Galloway present AdornMINT - an exhibition shining light on how various cultures express themselves via accents and adornments.
  • Mark & Maggie O'Connor at Cain Center for the Arts on May 3: Grammy Award Winners Mark and Maggie O'Connor return to Cain Center for the Arts for a special performance in support of their new album, Life After Life. $35-$55.
  • Sareh Nouri Bridal Designer Weekend at Ladies of Lineage Bridal Boutique May 3-4: Acclaimed designer, Sareh Nouri, will be in person debuting her Spring '25 bridal collection from NY Bridal Fashion Week. Ladies of Lineage will host Sareh & her trunk show 5/3-5/4. By Appointment. $85.
  • Derby Days 2024 hosted by Young Affiliates of the Mint at Mint Museum Randolph on May 4: Join for a day of fashion, live music, lawn games, signature cocktails, open wine + beer, food trucks, and a viewing of "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports." $70.
  • Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards at The Revelry on May 9: Celebrate Charlotte's history and those who are saving it at Charlotte Gem, featuring a cocktail hour and the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind history experiences and cultural objects. $175 for museum members; $195 non-members.
  • Gay Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus of Charlotte Presents "After Dark" at Le Meridien on May 10: Look what awaits you. Delicious food, a superb open bar, once-in-a-lifetime auction items, together with performances by our ensembles and a very special guest artist: Jai Rodriguez. Don't miss this. $180.
  • Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward at Historic Fourth Ward May 18-19: Explore unique gardens and rooftop terraces with complimentary food and cocktail tastings, live music and more. Self-guided and walkable in the heart of Fourth Ward, with cocktails in each garden. $30.

Want more things to do? Check out our Event Board.

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7. πŸ™ Coming to The Market at 7th Street...

The International Truck of Tacos and Flows Grand Candles and Gifts will hold their grand openings at 11am tomorrow. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Two more local vendors are opening at the Market at 7th Street in Uptown this Saturday, April 27.

  • Previously a food truck, International Truck of Tacos serves a range of traditional Mexican and Latin American dishes.
  • Flows Grand Candles and Gifts sells 100% soy wax candles and body products and they'll host candle-making classes.

Why it matters: Both vendors were awarded merit-based residences at the market as graduates of Charlotte Center City Partners' Hub for Inclusivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HIIVE) program .

Stop by: Find The Market at 7th Street at 224 E. 7th Street.

  • International Truck of Tacos will be open Wednesday-Thursday 11am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-8pm.
  • Flows Grand will be open seven days a week from 11am-6pm.

πŸ˜‰ ICYMI: The thought bubble in the Taylor Swift story was a nod to her new song "Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?"

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.